Aug 12, 2022  
University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor in Pan-African Studies

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A minor in Pan-African Studies is designed to expose students to Black history, culture, experiences, and communities in a manner that complements the general education curriculum and coursework in other majors. The PAS minor requires 6 units of lower-division core, 9 units of elective courses. Electives must be drawn from courses offered within the Department of Pan-African Studies. Minor courses that are also a part of the general education (GE) curriculum can double-count for both GE and minor requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes


  • Value for critical thinking
  • Valuing of diverse perspectives
  • An appreciation for scholarship and the importance of ideas for personal and community advancement
  • Value for diversity as a positive attribute of humanity  
  • Value for the interconnections between scholarship and effective social action
  • Value for lifelong learning


  • Understanding of diversity within the Black community (in terms of gender, class, sexual orientation, national origin, etc.)
  • General grasp of the historical context of contemporary Pan-African challenges.
  • Understanding of shared experience and contemporary interconnections among people of African descent throughout the world.
  • Basic knowledge of African history, cultures and politics, including (ancient African kingdoms, colonialism, independence movements, contemporary period)
  • Basic knowledge of African-American history, culture and politics, including (slavery, Civil Rights, Black Power, Electoral Politics contemporary period)
  • Basic knowledge of African/African-American cultural expressions, including literature, music, film, art, etc.
  • Understanding of African/African-American activist traditions and its ramifications for national and global equity and justice  
  • Basic Understanding of the intellectual tradition and seminal thinkers associated with the Black experience


  • Ability to critically engage in analyses from a Black perspective
  • Ability to engage in scholarly research, including the gathering of appropriate sources and employment of suitable methodologies
  • Skilled presentation of research findings through written and oral means.
  • Ability to historicize and compare contemporary conditions in the Pan African world
  • Ability to examine intersectional oppressions simultaneously (race, gender, class, etc.)
  • Ability to relate formal instruction in PAS to practical arenas of endeavor, e.g., career, activism, entrepreneurial, and others 

Requirements for the Minor (15 units)

Lower Division Core Requirement (6 units)

Elective Courses (9 units)

Choose any three upper-division courses from this list:

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